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Soapbox derby to kick off 2018 Stone Festival

 This year’s Stone Festival revs up with the exciting soapbox derby down Stone High Street

The soapbox derby has become a real crowd puller in its previous two years of running. Thousands of people have turned up for the 2016 and 2017 events and its hoped that 2018 will be a record-breaking year!
For the third annual event, the team behind the event have again tweaked the format to enhance the racing and spectator experience.
The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday on the 28th May 2018, with activities starting from 1:30 pm and racing from 2:00 pm.
Up to 50 soapbox teams will bring their soapboxes and racecraft to entertain the crowds.
New course features for 2018 are:
  • A new water feature
  • A speed trap to see what speeds the soapboxes are making
  • New jump arrangements to shake things up!
The format will remain the same with each team has to do two timed runs of the course. For the second run, a different team member must take over the driving duties!
A public address system will be in place on the High Street so that spectators can hear the announcers.
There are various prize categories on offer in 2018.
  • Best Stage Performance as voted by the judges
  • Best Dressed Soapbox as voted by the judges
  • Fastest Soapbox through the speed trap (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • Fastest Junior Team (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • Fastest All Male adult team (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • Fastest All Female adult team (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • Fastest Mixed Adult Team (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • Fastest 150+ adult team (1st, 2nd and 3rd)

If you’d like to take part then head on over to the Stone Festival website for more details -> Soapbox Derby

Stone Festival week will follow the week after the soapbox derby, running from Saturday 2nd June 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018.
Check out our guide for full details – 2018 Stone Festival Programme of Events

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